France weather averages for holidays in 2017/2018

Check France weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2017/2018. Today's maximum temperature in France is expected to be 18°C, while the average maximum temperature in March is 11°C. The weather guide for France shown below is for Paris. Read more about the weather in France.

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France weather averages

Check France weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest month in France is July with an average maximum temperature of 24°C. The sunniest month is July with on average 8 hours of bright sunshine per day. The month with the least number of days with some rain is July with 11 days. The France weather averages shown below are for Paris.

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France weather today

Here is the weather in France today, Wednesday 29th March 2017. Expect overcast skies in France with a maximum temperature of 18°C and no hours of bright sunshine. There are 0 mm of rainfall expected and a light breeze of 10 kph from the south. The weather forecast shown below is for Paris.

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    °C maximum temperature
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    °C minimum temperature
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    mm of rainfall expected
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    kph wind from S

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France weather overview

This large country has the lot - soaring mountains, beaches, river valleys, wide plains - with a variety of weather conditions to match. In the north and west, you will find a maritime climate with warm to hot summers and cool but mild winters. However rain can be a nuisance at any time of year, so go prepared.

The lower parts of Central and Eastern France suffer colder winters but have warmer summers than the north. Rain falls mainly in the summer and can be accompanied by dramatic storms. Up in the mountains, the snowy winters are a joy for skiers but heavy autumn rains can make life miserable in the Pyrenees. In the Vosges, Jura and the Northern Alps, summer days can also be rained off.

The Southern Alps, the Pyrenees and parts of the Massif Central enjoy sunnier summers interspersed with sudden, and short-lived, bouts of rain and thunder. In the summer, the valleys are sunnier than the mountain tops which are often shrouded in cloud. In winter, it is the other way round.

Sun lovers should head for south western France or the Mediterranean coast. Summers in these regions are hot and sunny and winters are mild but be prepared for short but heavy bursts of summer rain and occasional storms. If you are on the Mediterranean coast in spring, brace yourself for the occasional arrival of the Mistral, a cold and blustery wind which disrupts the normally balmy weather.

What to pack for France weather

In most parts of France you can base a summer travel wardrobe around light clothes, supplemented with heavier wraps for chilly spells, and rainwear. In the mountains, warm clothing is recommended, with ski wear in winter.

France holiday weather averages by month

Check France holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare France weather with the USA

Below the France weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for France (Paris) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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